A COMMUNITY group is calling for enforcement action to be taken against Holland Park School which has breached a planning condition not to share its swimming pool with the public.
Kensington and Chelsea Council has admitted ‘operational difficulties’ have meant that a condition on the school being built which meant that the pool must be shared with residents, has still not been met despite construction finishing in November last year.
The authority has suggested a clash between the ‘community use plan,’ which formed an integral part of the planning approval, and the management structure and day-to-day requirements of the school, is the reason the pool remains out of bounds for residents.
In an email exchange with the council, David White, chairman of Campden Hill Residens’ Association, called on the council’s legal department to start enforcement action, and for the education department to find ways of altering the school’s design and security system.
He said: "In spite of all these claims and the promises made to the community and secured by the planning condition it remains entirely unfulfilled and there is not the slightest indication that the planning department intends to bring the appropriate enforcement action."
In an email to Mr White, Jonathan Bore, executive director of planning and borough development, wrote: "It may be that the Community Use Plan as originally devised does not now reflect the operational needs and management structure of the school.
"If that is the case, the sensible objective should be to replace it with something workable rather than attempt to enforce something that may be unworkable in its current form. I share the frustration that Condition 12 is still being breached, but am confident that a mutually acceptable and workable solution can be found."
But Holland Park resident Donald Cameron said: "There is nothing further to discuss. Use of the sports facilities was a condition precedent of the planning permission. It needs to be implemented. Mr Bore’s email is nonsense. This is another example of an out of control council shafting residents."
A spokesman for the council said: "All the parties continue to be committed to community use of the school’s facilities but now the new Holland Park School is a reality staff have been able to test the practical implications of the existing community use plan.
“Those tests have highlighted some operational difficulties. One way forward would be for the school to propose some adjustments to the community use plan. That is something allowed for under the planning rules, subject to the council’s consent."